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The sqhub is open for business – general industry membership now available 

The sqhub is open for business

– general industry membership now available 

Recently the Honourable Jennifer Howard MP, Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Assistant Minister of State, on behalf of the Premier of Queensland, officially welcomed the new residents of sqhub, a shared space that brings together Queensland game developers, digital content makers and screen industry creatives under the one roof.

What is the sqhub?

The sqhub initiative, funded by the Queensland Government through SQ, helps connect Queensland screen creatives across all parts of the screen sector by providing facilities and a co-working space to help build networks for innovative creators to develop and grow.

sqhub provides a flexible workspace that opens doors to greater collaboration and innovation between its screen and game development members whilst easing the financial strains placed on many startups, growing companies and individual practitioners.

Meet the inaugural sqhub residents

The sqhub residents are part of a 12-month membership model and will benefit from having key industry and other partners on board with an engaging program of business-focused workshops, masterclasses, mentorship and connecting opportunities to foster a dynamic community of screen innovators. In its first year, sqhub is supporting 13 residents.

  1.  2Can Media – Sam Weingott and Sascha Shipley
    creates purpose-driven film, photography, animation and digital content. Such as the feature documentary Change Tack and web-series Plushed.  Sam and Sascha also produce and direct Brisbane’s longest running short film festival, the West End Film Festival (supported by Screen Queensland).
  2.  Inside Voice – Aimee Lindorff and Sophie Overett
    produces original content and critical engagement across multiple platforms, providing a forum for women in storytelling and expanding on the ideas and themes currently at play in Lady Parts podcast, an Inside Voice project.
  3.  Cratesmith Game Assembly – Kieran Lord
    a game development studio founded by games industry veterans with a desire to make different kinds of games and to work on emerging platforms.
  4.  Lamington Games – David Kilford
    a startup games studio focused on building high-quality games with a keen focus on experiments and iteration. Their first game, Super Drop Land is currently being prepared for global launch.
  5.  Team Wiby – Ben Marrinan, Motze Asher and Joshua Sanderson
    a new games studio founded by developers of the 2017 game Mr. Shifty. Team WIBY aims to challenge, inspire, and have people form connections with one another. Their debut game will be officially announced later this year.
  6.  Anya McNaughton 
    a game artist whose life mission is to bring visual beauty to exciting and fun projects in the Australian game industry.
  1.  Dan Vogt
    an indie game developer who co-founded, and helped evolve, Halfbrick. Dan is an active mentor, and has run a games co-working space and continues to develop games. His latest release, Data Wing, was released in August 2017 and was a completely solo work.
  2.  Zander Hulme
    one of Brisbane’s leading game audio designers and co-founder of Game Audio Brisbane. Specialising in dynamic music systems and sound design for mobile and console games, and best known for his work on Steppy Pants.
  3.  Emily Avila
    a director, producer and current artistic director of one of Australia’s largest short film festivals, the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival. Emily has worked for various Australian production companies and film festivals including See-Saw Films and Essential Media and Entertainment. Emily is current recipient of the Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship and her new short film Fitting will premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in June 2018.

SQ will issue a second EOI to potential new residents at the end of the first year in early 2019.

sqhub membership now available

All Queensland screen practitioners can apply for a sqhub membership which gives members discounted and free use of hot desks, free booking of the sqhub meeting room and discounted access to the sqhub program of events – terms and conditions apply.

Please note all of these facilities and events will also be available to industry with no membership at a nominal fee.

To find out more about sqhub membership or to apply contact please contact Caitlin Boucher, sqhub Community Manager at cboucher@screenqld.com.au